Japan’s World Victory Road promotion will be holding a middleweight grand prix on Sept. 28 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium.
The promotion has announced four of the competitors that will be facing off in the tourney. Jorge Santiago, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Siyar Bahadurzada, and former PRIDE and UFC vet Kazuhiro Nakamura are the first names released that will be vying for the grand prix championship.
American Top Team’s Jorge Santiago is currently on a five fight winning streak and hasn’t lost since a Dec. ’06 bout against Alan Belcher in the UFC. In his most recent bout, also for the Sengoku promotion, he defeated Yuki Sasaki with an armbar in the third round.
Evangelista Santos, known the world around as “Cyborg”, is a Brazilian MMA vet who hails from Rondonopolis and trains with Chute Boxe. He’s lost three of his last five fights and looks to rebound with this grand prix opportunity. He is the husband of Cristiane Santos, EliteXC’s newest force in the women’s ranks.
Siyar Bahadurzada came up short in his last bout, a guillotine choke loss to Kazuo Misaki back in March. Bahadurzada had won his previous seven fights prior to that loss.
Kazuhiro Nakamura is a long-time PRIDE veteran who most recently had an unsuccessful run in the UFC, losing to both Lyoto Machida and Sokoudjou. In his career he has fought such greats as Josh Barnett, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dan Henderson, and he holds a win over former grand prix competitor “Cyborg” Santos.
Sengoku’s next show will be held in just a few weeks when Sengoku 4 takes place at the Seitama Super Arena in Japan. The show features the first round of the lightweight grand prix which boasts such competitors as Mizuto Hirota, Rodrigo Damm, Clay French, and Ryan Schultz.
Also on the card, Frank Trigg takes on Makoto Takimoto, and Takanori Gomi battles Bang Seung Hwan.
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